Much of the Texas panhandle is now under a Blizzard Warning which goes into effect Saturday evening at 6pm and continues until Noon on Monday. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Storm Watches are also in effect across across the region as confidence increases that a potentially historic winter storm will hit late Saturday into early Monday. Travel is expected to become difficult, if not impossible across the region during this time period. Wind chills will drop below zero making it dangerous to be out in the elements for more than about 30 minutes before frostbite sets in without the proper clothing. We cannot stress this enough…don’t get out on the roads if you don’t have to. If you must travel, take a winter survival kit with you and don’t plan on immediate help if you become stranded. If you do become stranded, stay inside your vehicle…don’t wander away looking for help as you are not likely to survive. TXDot will do what they can to maintain the roads, but with blizzard conditions expected between Saturday night and through most of Sunday, they won’t be able to keep up. Tomorrow morning through early afternoon will be your last opportunity to make sure you have ample water, food, medicines, formula, diapers, etc. on hand to last you for a few days. Rural areas may not be accessible for several more days after the snow has ended, so keep that in mind. It’s also likely we’ll see some scattered to widespread power outages, so be sure you are prepared with plenty of blankets and food items that don’t require being heated. Also make sure your pets and livestock have shelter and food.
Here’s the latest we have on snowfall accumulations possible across the region. Keep in mind this is not exact and will likely change somewhat between now and early Saturday. Drifts from blowing snow will also create hazards especially on north facing structures and road embankments. Some drifts may pile as high as 5 to 10 feet or more. We will have additional updates out later tonight once the new model data rolls in. We don’t expect any significant changes to the current forecast…but we will be monitoring for any eastward trend in this system that could bring chances for ice or snow into north central Texas late Sunday into Monday. As of right now, it still appears that most of the winter mess will not have any significant impact on the immediate DFW metroplex.